Finding The Perfect Spot

TAOS, NEW MEXICO

In the early 1950's Ernie and Rhoda Blake were living with their children in Santa Fe where Ernie was managing the brand new Santa Fe Ski Basin. As part of his job, Ernie would fly his Cessna 170 into Southern Colorado to work at Santa Fe's sister ski area, Glenwood Springs. His dream was to have a ski resort of his own, so as he flew, he searched for a place where he could begin building his vision. Eventually, he found an ideal spot, “the big snow basin north of Wheeler Peak in La Cal Basin. There was a tremendous snow basin…I thought it was an optical illusion.”(Ernie Blake, Ski Pioneers)

After finding the perfect spot, Ernie moved his family to Taos Ski Valley in 1955. From a camper in the base area where they lived, the Blakes began building what is now a world-class ski resort. TSV remains one of the few family owned and operated ski resorts in North America. To this day it is still operated by the founders' children and grandchildren. Because of this long tradition of family, no other ski resort can make you feel as welcome.

The variety of terrain at TSV, New Mexico's largest resort, attracts snow sports enthusiasts of all skill levels. The legendary steeps and hike-to terrain offer an expert experience unavailable at any other New Mexico ski resort. TSV also boasts a top rated Ski School for those new to skiing/snowboarding or just working on their skills.

Taos Ski Valley averages 305 inches annual snowfall and 300+days of sunshine. There are 1,294 acres of skiable terrain, including 110 trails that are 24% beginner, 25% intermediate and 51% expert. These trails are serviced by 12 lifts (4 quad chair lifts; 1 triple chair lift; 5 double chair lifts; 2 surface lifts). TSV also has a terrain park that offers two huge airs, a hip, a quarter pipe and rails. The park is groomed nightly.